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Stuffocation

by Andrew the Muse » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:54 pm

I bet that you're suffering from Stuffocation.

Look in your wardrobe, when was the last time that you wore 60% of what's in there.
Now look in your loft and garage, if you dare.

We've all got too much stuff and it's draining us because it's a continual distraction,
it clutters our sub-conscious
and reminds us of wasted money.

Have you ever wondered why your bedroom is almost certainly the least cluttered room in your home?
It's because a lack of clutter
brings peace and hence relaxation and sleep.

Have you noticed how you work so much better
when the only thing on your desk is the task in hand?
It's because a lack of clutter brings focus.

So why do we continue to buy yet more stuff?
Easy,
we live in a consumer society that is continually bombarding us with seductive adverts
and of course we have to keep up with the Jones next door.

Does all this stuff bring us happiness?
Of course not, it just drains us.

Don't become one of the 5 Million hoarders in the UK
that keep stuff just in case.

De-clutter one drawer at a time
If you haven't used it in 6 months, you probably never will.

You'll get a great deal of satisfaction when you no longer have to look at the stuff that you don't use
and you'll find that you've created a much more relaxing environment.

Take your unwanted stuff to a charity shop or car boot sale.

Now comes the hard part
Think very carefully before you buy more stuff.
Do you really need it
and if you do, could you borrow it or buy and share?

Now for the fun part.
Use the money that you've saved to buy experiences
that you'll treasure for the rest of your life

How's Stuffocation affecting you?
Are you Stuffocating?
Perhaps you don't care or maybe you haven't even noticed?

I'd love to hear your views

PS With thanks to James Wallman who wrote 'Stuffocation' and I'd strongly recommend it
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Re: Stuffocation

by chelseagirl » Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:37 pm

Every time I move house (and it seems to happen fairly regularly) I'm amazed at the amount of "stuff" I have - and the amount of stuff I can quite happily give away. There are always those things I can't get rid of though - there's at least three boxes of "stuff" that's not been unpacked for the last three moves. Every time I take a look and decide it's stuff I can't get rid of - things the kids made, old postcards, mementoes - they are what my kids call my "memory boxes".

But yes, recently I've started to invest more time in experiences - things like scuba diving, motor racing, art exhibitions, snorkelling, exploring new foods and cultures. That adds new memories to my head, memories that I don't need "stuff" to bring back.
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Re: Stuffocation

by jimewan » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:32 am

Spot on. We recently 'downsized' from a five to three-bed. Spent 3 months trekking to dump/charity shop before we moved and we still can't fit all our junk in. Half the house is still in the garage and we moved in July!

In fairness, we are having a lot of building work done so have been unable to unpack a lot, but I bet the dump/charity trips will have to start again once all the work is complete.

On the bright side, we will have a slimmed-down lifestyle to enjoy!
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Re: Stuffocation

by Joan » Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:17 pm

When I left home to go to university I took a case with me
and not a big case to boot.

When I moved into my first shared rented flat
my stuff filled a small car.

When I moved into my first house
I needed a small van.

When I moved into my current house
I needed a removal firm and a huge removal truck.

Has all this stuff made me happier?
No

We all seem to be saying the same thing
which is that the stuff just gets in the way
and clutters our minds

What's important is the memories
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Re: Stuffocation

by Peter » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:03 pm

Waste not, want not
has been my maxim
and that's how I ended up with a garage full of stuff.

The trouble is that when I want something
ether I've forgotten that I've got a 'spare'
or I can't find it.

So slowly but surely I'm clearing away my 'just in case' stuff
and stuff that I haven't used for years.

My kids have left home
so I told them to sort their stuff
and to take away what they want to keep
and the rest will join the 'dispose of' pile.

I was amazed at how much space that created.

Consequently It crossed my mind
that when I'm gone and my kids are clearing my stuff
they'll be saying:
"Why on earth did he keep this?"

That thought helped me to fill a few more bags.

What has surprised me is how much better I feel
as a result of not seeing all this stuff around the house.
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Re: Stuffocation

by Ashleighpb » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:14 pm

This is an important topic..
Thank you, Andrew and friends. I prefer quality over quantity...this goes for relationships too! Experiences and beautiful travel opportunities over the buying of material things...
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Re: Stuffocation

by Ashleighpb » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:14 pm

This is an important topic..
Thank you, Andrew and friends. I prefer quality over quantity...this goes for relationships too! Experiences and beautiful travel opportunities over the buying of material things...
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Re: Stuffocation

by Brenda » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:43 pm

With Christmas just gone I wonder how many of us:
# have received gifts that are totally unwanted
# given well intention gifts that in reality are unwanted
# have taken gifts back for a refund
# etc.

Worst of all
how many people have received gifts that were wonderful on Christmas Day
but now after only a few weeks the delight is waning and
they're rapidly approaching the 'stuff' category?

Interestingly
I bet all of us remember the joy and experience of Christmas
which just goes to prove
that memories are what really matter.

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